What do I need to make VoIP work for me?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

What do I need to make VoIP work for me?

What you need to make VoIP work for you

Outside of making the decision, with confidence, that it will work well and save you money every month, the only things you absolutely need to make VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone service become perfect for you – are things you probably already have.

To make Voice over IP work properly, you need an up-to-date computer, desktop or laptop, and a reliable high-speed Internet connection, be it cable, DSL, satellite, or fiber optic. That’s it!

If you choose to use computer-to-computer communications only, you’ll also need a microphone, speakers, and a sound card in or attached to your computer. Should you want to use your current landline phone handset for VoIP service, you’ll need an inexpensive (often given to you free) mini-router, which acts like a dial up modem, converting analog audio signals to digital signals your computer understands.

Want to be overly cool? Purchase one or more VoIP phone handsets, which include the software and router functions built into the phone to make your VoIP service active.

The only other item you might want to consider is a battery back-up unit for your computer, particularly if you live in an area that is subject to severe weather that tends to take down your Internet connection or electricity more often than you would like. This protection may keep your Voice over IP service active in the event of an emergency during a stormy period.

Your PC and Internet connection can function wonderfully as your home or business phone system with VoIP service if you enjoy its strengths, which are many, and understand its limitations, which are few.

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